© Provided by AFP A visitor walks past "VJ Day in Times Square, New York, NY, 1945" by Alfred Eisenstaedt during the Life. I grandi fotografi (Life. The great photographers) exhibition April 30, 2013 in Rome The sailor pictured kissing a woman in Times Square as people celebrated the end of World War II has died at age 95, his daughter told the Providence Journal.
George Mendonsa had a seizure Sunday after falling at an assisted living facility in Middleton, Rhode Island, his daughter Sharon Molleur said.
In the famous image, one of four taken by Alfred Eisenstadt for Life magazine, Mendonsa is seen ecstatically bending over and kissing a woman in a white nurse's uniform.
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The picture was published by Life as "V-J Day in Times Square."
Mendonsa, who served in the Pacific during World War II, was on home leave when the picture was taken.
He had long claimed to be the sailor in the picture, but it wasn't confirmed until recently with the use of facial recognition technology.
Greta Zimmer Friedman, the woman in the picture, died in 2016 at age 92.
Eisenstadt did not get the names of the kissing strangers.
He later described watching the sailor running along the street, and grabbing any girl in sight.
"I was running ahead of him with my Leica looking back over my shoulder but none of the pictures that were possible pleased me," he wrote in "Eisenstadt on Eisenstadt."
"Then suddenly, in a flash, I saw something white being grabbed. I turned around and clicked the moment the sailor kissed the nurse. If she had been dressed in a dark dress I would never have taken the picture."
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Mendonsa, who served in the Pacific during World War II, was on home leave when the picture was taken.
Pictures: Vintage WWII posters
From recruitment messages to blatant propaganda against rival nations, World War II (1939-45) saw posters and illustrations encouraging citizens to stay strong and fight. Take a look at some vintage posters from the era.
An American cultural icon of the time, Uncle Sam is seen asking citizens to avoid leaking sensitive information to enemies by not discuss war efforts in public.
A Soviet poster depicts the alliance between their nation and Great Britain, with the caption, "Meeting over Berlin."
A propaganda poster for the Japanese Air Force.
A German recruitment poster depicts a Schutzstaffel (SS) soldier, with the slogan, "Dutchmen, for your honour and conscience! The Waffen SS summons you to fight Bolshevism!"
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This poster shows former U.K. Prime Minister Winston Churchill (1874-1965) with his quote "Let us go forward together," from his first speech as prime minister to the House of Commons.
This 1941 poster depicts a Russian soldier stabbing a swastika-shaped serpent with his bayonet, with the caption, "Death to the fascist beast!"
A Finnish soldier wears a gas mask and holds a shield to protect citizens from an air attack. The slogan reads, "Danger threatens from the sky! All citizens to civil defence work!"
A Japanese propaganda poster showcases the nation's artillery power.
A symbol of American feminism during the war, Rosie the Riveter is seen saying, "It's our right too!"
This American posted cautions the country’s citizens from discussing war efforts in public. The posters were produced to warn the public that foreign spies could overhear and act on information leaked through casual conversation in public spaces.
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This employment service poster urges women to take up work to support war efforts.
This British poster urges citizens to grow their own produce due to scarce resources.
This poster shows American fighter jets completing the U.S. national flag.
Uncle Sam's hand points to the reader, and he asks, "Are you doing all you can?"
This poster sends a message of solidarity to all Commonwealth nations.
This U.S. Army recruitment poster calls on young men - aged 16 to 18 - to sign up for the Air Force and train be pilots, navigators and bombardiers.
A recruitment poster for SPARS - the United States Coast Guard (USCG) Women's Reserve.
A German poster depicts a black eagle with the Nazi flag and the caption, "Germany, your colonies!"
A recruitment poster for the U.S. Army Nurse Corps.
A German poster marks the 10th anniversary of the Machtergreifung, or the rise to power of the Nazi party, on Jan. 30, 1943. It carries the slogan, "One fight, one victory."
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The statue is a replica of a photograph taken of a sailor grabbing and kissing a woman in Times Square on V-J Day on Aug. 14, 1945.
A German poster carries the slogan, "Work for your victory as hard as we fight for it."
An American poster compares World War II soldiers with troops of the American Revolutionary War.
This American propaganda poster shows the caricature of a Japanese man, titled "Tokio Kid," with a bloody dagger behind his back, checking out scrap metals. This character was highlighted in several American propaganda posters.
A Soviet propaganda poster shows a Japanese man bowing to a German soldier's boot.
A two-headed German/Japanese monster is seen tearing the Statue of Liberty, as a hand holds a wrench with "Production" inscribed on it. It reads, "Stop this monster that stops at nothing... produce to the limit! This is your war!"
An American poster shows a drowning man pointing accusingly. This was a part of a series of posters warning against careless disclosures of the whereabouts of troops and ships.
A German poster claims the progress of liberation efforts of American and British troops through Italy was slower than a snail's. The slogan reads, "It's a long way to Rome."
This USSR poster depicts two Russian soldiers as they defend their positions. It carries the message, "Let's shield Leningrad."
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The German recruitment poster shows a Waffen-SS soldier, with text specifying potential recruits needed to be at least 17 years old.
A Soviet poster depicts the Red Army with the slogan, "For the Motherland, for honor, for freedom!"
An Italian poster depicts the American Statue of Liberty removing her mask to reveal a sinister, grinning skull, as the text reads, "Here are the Liberators!"
A poster of a Russian Red Army soldier with the text, "Let's fight for Moscow!"
A member of the Dutch paramilitary wing, Weerbaarheidsafdeling (WA), is seen with the caption, "In the service of our people. And you? Become a WA man."
A Soviet poster depicts Russian icons - Alexander Nevsky, Alexander Suvorov and Vasily Chapayev (Top L to R) with the slogan, "Fight bravely, sons of Suvorov and Chapayev."
An American poster asks citizens to buy war bonds, as the scene of the flag raising over Iwo Jima is depicted.
A British poster shows a man speaking to a child, asking him to follow evacuation orders during the Blitz. However, many, including the Royal family, volunteered to stay back in London, to help in war and relief efforts.
The spirit of 19th century Italian patriot Goffredo Mameli leads his nation into war. The caption reads, "Brothers of Italy, Italy has awakened! The spirit of Goffredo Mameli will defend the social republic."
A poster of American sailor and war hero Dorie Doris Miller with the caption, "Above and beyond the call of duty."
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An American infantryman seen standing heroically in the midst of war in this recruitment poster.
U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Churchill seen with flags of Allied nations.
A Canadian poster depicts a mother and a baby surrounded by menacing hands from Germany and Japan.
A nurse is depicted in this poster created for the 1943 war fund.
Soviet icon Vladimir Lenin is featured on this poster, with the caption, "Under the flag of Lenin, for our Motherland, to victory!"
A young soldier is celebrated on his return home in this poster, with the caption, "Speed the day with war bonds."
A Russian poster depicts a woman repairing a wall in Leningrad. It reads, "We defended Leningrad! We will restore it!"
A poster asks readers to take care of gas masks. The caption reads, "Designed for living. Take care of your gas mask. Don't use it as a knapsack or pillow."
A poster from the Netherlands depicts the U.S. as a monster made of many parts – from the Ku Klux Klan to nuclear bombs.
A young Russian soldier is depicted in this poster which reads, "Glory to all soldiers of the Red Army!"
This American poster depicts a uniformed soldier greeting a civilian as he produces food in his garden. The soldier says, "I see we're fighting the war together."
A U.S. Navy recruitment poster shares messages from the United States Naval Reserve (Women's Reserve), or WAVES, which is an abbreviation for Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service.
A fist smashes through the Nazi flag on the poster which reads, "Buy more war bonds and stamps."
Smiling American women are depicted in business attire as the caption reads, "Secretaries of War." It encourages recruitment of women in war efforts.
This U.S.-poster depicts the Army landing on a beach, with the caption, "Your metal is on the attack. Keep it coming!" It encourages scrapping of more metal to produce ammunition and artillery.
A U.S. Navy recruitment poster promotes the United States Naval Reserve (Women's Reserve), or WAVES.
A British aircraft carrier and fighter plane is seen in this poster which carries a message from British leader Winston Churchill.
This British poster encourages women to come to work in the factories, to help in war efforts.
Uncle Sam is seen here flexing his muscles in this U.S. Army enlistment poster.
To conserve gasoline during the war, Americans were encouraged to carpool. This poster shows a man sharing his car with an outline of Adolf Hitler.
Uncle Sam leads his men to battle, as the slogan reads, "Buy war bonds."
Uncle Sam is seen cursing Japanese fighter planes as the poster reads, "Avenge Pearl Harbor. Our bullets will do it."
This poster depicts a nurse as she stands over an injured patient. The caption reads, "Save his life... and find your own. Be a nurse."
This poster encourages carpooling among citizens. The caption reads, "Help win the war. Squeeze in one more."
This Russian poster shows a soldier asking pointedly, "What have you done to help the front?"
A man with star-spangled handcuffs fits a woman with a nurse's hat, in this U.S. military health services recruitment poster.
This American Women's Army Corps (WAC) recruitment poster carries the caption, "Are you a girl with a star-spangled heart? Join the WAC now!"
This American poster encourages the growing of produce in personal gardens to help with the scarce food supplies during the war.
A uniformed officer is seen in this recruitment poster for United States Marine Corps Women's Reserve. The woman depicted has strong resemblances with the first director of the wing, Ruth Cheney Streeter.
This U.S. poster warns its citizens from falling prey to propaganda from Germany and Japan.
A uniformed officer is seen in this American Cadet Nurse Corps recruitment poster. It also offers free lifetime education for qualifying high school graduates, if they enlist.
A Nazi plane is seen in flames as the poster reads, "Your scrap...brought it down. Keep scrapping."
Uncle Sam salutes his citizens as the caption reads, "We're all in the Army now. Let's all work to win."
This poster promotes the usage of ration stamps to eradicate black market operations of food supplies.
Women workers are seen in this employment services poster, with the caption, "Soldiers without guns."
A sinister looking soldier is seen wearing a German army helmet, as he peers at the reader over a wall. It warned, "He's watching you."
A Russian poster depicts a woman harvesting crops, with the caption, "We will beat the enemy with our Bolshevik harvest gathering."
Uncles Sam stands in front of a beautiful American vista as the caption reads, "Why we fight. For all the things we have."
Rosie the Riveter is seen thinking of her partner who is at the frontlines. WOW stood for Woman Ordnance Worker.
A detailed view of a British Spitfire plane is seen in this promotional illustration.
Allied flags are seen on canon barrels, as the poster reads "United we are strong. United we will win."
An American poster encourages skilled laborers to join as carpenters, machinists or electricians to build for the Navy.
Encouraging rationing during the war, this British poster asks the citizens to opt for potatoes instead of bread.
This Soviet poster shows a woman warning against gossiping during wartime.